Homemade Hashbrowns

Hashbrowns

Last week I got a couple dozen potatoes my from CSA.  I love potatoes and farm fresh ones are absolutely the best.  Since I had so many fresh potatoes lying around, I wanted to make some nice hashbrowns for breakfast.  Hashbrowns are hard to make as fresh potatoes have so much starch in them that the potatoes seem to stick together.  I always used to end up with a sticky mess of potatoes.  However, I have figured out the secret and I have listed all of the steps below to make crispy and amazing hashbrowns.

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Grilled Chicken over Cellantani Pesto

Grilled Chicken over Cellantani Pesto

My CSA comes with unlimited basil each week.  Therefore, I have been making a ton of pesto.  I love the fresh taste of pesto.  After a few tries, I found that the best pasta for pesto is Cellantani.  It is a spiral macaroni pasta with rigati grooves in the outside.  The spiral along with the … Read moreGrilled Chicken over Cellantani Pesto

Spicy Shredded Beef Tacos

Spicy Shredded Beef Tacos

Last week I bought a bottom round roast and had no idea what to do with it.  Then I decided to go through my cabinets to see what I had lying around.  I had some tomato paste and a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.  Then it hit me.  How about making some spicy … Read moreSpicy Shredded Beef Tacos

What to do this Weekend in DC

I can’t believe that I forgot about restaurant week.  I look forward to this week every year.  However, I have been super busy.  Anyways you still have time to check out restaurant week.  There are great restaurants that have reservations available.  Besides that it is gonna be a great weekend.  Sunny and hot.  A great … Read moreWhat to do this Weekend in DC

Mark’s Bloody Mary Mix

Mark's Bloody Mary Mix

This last weekend my buddy Mark came out to visit Dana and I.  Mark was my roommate and co-worker while I was in college.  We bartended together at a college bar for 5 years.  It was a blast.  Mark still bartends and makes a mean bloody mary.  His secret is a spice concentrate that together … Read moreMark’s Bloody Mary Mix

Beef Kabobs

Beef Kabobs

The other night Dana wanted some steak.  So I went to the store and discovered top sirloin steaks were on sale.  They are a rather inexpensive steak, but they grill up beautifully.  The sirloin is a cut from the rear of the animal.  There is a bottom sirloin steak and a top sirloin.  The top sirloin is the more tender steak as it wedged near the tenderloin.  The bottom sirloin is much larger, but is a tougher cut of meat.  Either way, both are rather inexpensive and grill up beautifully on a budget.

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Quick and Easy Hamburger Buns

Easy Hamburger Buns

Without owning a hamburger bun pan, I have been unable to make perfectly round hamburger buns.  The other day I accidentally figured out how to make perfect buns.  Not only did they have perfectly round bottoms but they have perfect tops too.  The process will work with almost any bread dough, but it worked great … Read moreQuick and Easy Hamburger Buns

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad

I am a huge fan of grilling.  The only problem is that most sides are not grilled.  This salad solves that problem.  The corn is fire roasted on the grill so you can make it right along with your steak or barbecue dishes.  In addition the grilled corn adds a bit of smokiness to the … Read moreRoasted Corn and Black Bean Salad

Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

I just went and got the gas in the grill refilled and I was ready to grill out.  I just didn’t know what to grill.  I asked Dana and within a second she said skirt steak with chimichurri sauce.  It took little to no effort on her part to come up with this.  I had … Read moreGrilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Personal Lasagnas

Personal Lasagna

Last week was Dana’s Birthday and I wanted to make her favorite meal. Lasagna! So I looked around and found completely flat sheets of Lasagna noodles by Barilla. They fit almost perfectly into my individual oven safe bowls and they also do not require pre-boiling. For that reason I decided to make individual lasagnas. This … Read morePersonal Lasagnas